The network of Branches is vital to the success of the Institute. Each Branch has its own committee and diary of events. In most instances, all members are welcome to attend the events organised by other branches
The Watford branch held their winter social meeting on 18 November 2012
Watford Branch: 23 January 2010
Watford branch get scientific!
The Watford branch held their winter social meeting on Saturday January 23 2010 meeting at the Science Museum at 11.00. The snow had cleared and although there were some local transport difficulties due to rail engineering works etc. everyone successfully made the venue on time.
After a period of scientific learning it was agreed that we would adjourn to a local pub for refreshment and then, if people wished, they could continue their visit. Once again we found an excellent pub that served great real ales and good food. How on earth do we always come up trumps? Perhaps we stayed there longer than anticipated because following that we all made our way home!
All in all a very good visit which was both very interesting and informative. Worth the effort when you have a 'spare' day and, remember, entrance to UK museums are free of charge! The Natural History Museum is just around the corner so why not try the two in one day, although that would be very tiring!
Keep looking at the IP3 web site as we will soon be organising our Branch AGM and also our Summer Social.
Chairman, Watford Branch IP3
Watford Branch: 15 August 2009
Watford branch all at sea....(well metaphorically anyway)
The Watford branch held their summer social on Saturday August 15 2009.
A small but very enthusiastic team met at the National Maritime Museum at 10.30 after overcoming some local public transport difficulties. Never ones to be put off, one person even got fully into the occasion by arriving by boat!
As the Royal Observatory is always busy the later in the day it gets we all decided to head there first. There is certainly a great deal to learn and whilst the time went very quickly we were certainly in the best position to see it go!
At the appropriate time,it was decided that we would adjourn to a local pub for refreshment and then, if people wished, they could continue their visit. Once again we found an excellent pub that served great real ales and good food. How on earth do we always come up trumps?
All in all a very good visit which was both very interesting and informative. Worth the effort when you have a 'spare' day and, remember, entrance to UK museums are free of charge!
Keep looking at the IP3 web site as we will soon be organising a winter social which are always very enjoyable.
More importantly there is news of our visit to NewsPrinters Broxbourne on Tuesday 6 October 2009. See the Diary section and contact Paul Foster to reserve your place.
Western Branch: 19 June 2009
On 19th June, members of Western branch met once again at the exhibition preview evening with staff and students of City of Bristol College, at Centre Space Studio in Bristol's City Centre, to present the Stanley Hooper Memorial Award.
It is awarded annually and jointly by the IP3 Western branch, Bristol News and Media and the college.
This year, the art, design and media students following the Foundation Degree course in graphic design, were given a brief title: "Homelessness" allied to a charitable body "Crisis". Under the guidance of their course tutor Alastair Myers, they had to submit finished pieces of artwork for print production on the lines of a hard-hitting public appeal.
Of the eighteen interpretations submitted, such was the standard of work presented for assessment that selecting a winner proved an unusually difficult task for the award trustees, Graham Hart, Roland Reed and Bernard Seward, assisted, as usual, by Mr Gary Burt, Studio Manager at Bristol News and Media.
Roland Goddard, Head of Faculty of Art, Design, Media and Performing Arts introduced the IP3 team to a packed studio audience and after a preamble by Bernard and Gary on the background to the award, the name of the winner was announced, as always, by Stan Hooper's widow, Catherine.
Miss Gillian Tovey was proclaimed to have been this year's victor, to a well-deserved round of applause.
The award consists of a specially designed certificate endorsd by the trustees; a cheque for £250, including generous sponsorship by Bristol News and Media; temporary custody of a uniquely engraved and decorated trophy; a photo-call for press publicity; a week's work experience at the News and Media office and a year's gratis membership of IP3, funded by the branch.
First presented in 1993 at the former School of Printing of Brunel College of Arts and Technology, the Stanley Hooper Award has become a regularly anticipated event in the branch and college calendar.
Bernard J Seward
Hon Secretary and Award Trustee
Watford Branch Winter Social
Watford branch go to war....(well the museum)
The Watford branch held their winter social on Saturday January 31 2009. Whilst it took place before the 'Great snows of the South - 2009' it was a very cold and windy start for everyone. However, as it turned out, it proved to be well worth the effort.
A bakers dozen met at the Imperial War Museum at 11.00 for what was intended to be a visit of a couple of hours before going to a local pub for lunch. But, on meeting at the pre-designated time (or near enough) we all soon realised that there was a great deal more to see at the museum and two hours was nowhere near enough time to do the visit justice.
So, it was decided that we would adjourn to a local pub for refreshment and then, if people wished, they could continue the visit. The pub lunch went down extremely well and after being well fed and 'watered' the majority of us returned to the museum to continue our education.
There were many different areas that kept people very interested. The Holocaust exhibit was 'chilling' but very informative and moving whilst 'Children at War' gave you an insight as to what it was like being brought up in those times. All in all a worthwhile visit for anyone, whatever your age. And, remember, entrance to UK museums are free of charge!
Keep looking at the IP3 web site as we will soon be organising a summer social which are always very enjoyable and hopefully will be held under better weather conditions.